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Respirable Crystalline Silica

OSHA’s Final Rule on Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction

March 20, 2017

As our understanding of the potential associated non-silicosis and non-cancer diseases are recognized in academic literature, we believe that retrospective and prospective claims and lawsuits will be forthcoming. There may even be some legal "double dipping." For example, an employee might claim or sue separately for exposure to both asbestos and silica. The way forward is treacherous and may require further legal counsel as claims arise. 

Based on these potential legal outcomes, NV5 recommends the following actions:

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New OSHA Rule Effective January 17, 2017

Dec. 12, 2016

Ready or not, the new OSHA rule on walking working surfaces and fall protection for general industry takes effect January 17, 2017.

This update is intended to better align the general industry rules with the construction rules to help employers who do both functions remain compliant and keep workers safe.
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